Saturday, 29 July 2017

Hearing

Poul Anderson's "Star of the Sea" ends with a prayer to the Virgin Mary. See here. Prayer is not only speaking but also hearing:

"I must listen for the voice of the saint or the Imacculata with calm or I won't hear it."
-SM Stirling, The Tears Of The Sun (New York, 2011), Chapter Ten, p. 306.

In zazen meditation, instead of thinking about a problem, we sit with whatever comes up and thus learn what is important. We listen calmly even to inner turmoil. In this one sentence of Stirling's novel, I find an overlap between prayer and meditation.

3 comments:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

And Mathilda was right! Prayer, for a Catholic, should include not only TEXTS like the Pater Noster, Ave Maria, the Creed, etc., but also silent attention to God and quietness of mind.

Sean

Paul Shackley said...

Sean,
This was Yseult but her point is valid.
Paul.

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

Oops! My mistake. And I agree with the lady. I'm only starting to reread THE PROTECTOR'S WAR. A long way to go!

Sean